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Mike Ashley – The Most Committed Owner In Premier League

8:03 am, Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

43 year-old Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark has just been appointed the manager at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock – so we wish Lee all the best in his new endeavor.

And Lee has come out and made some statements about the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – who has spent money on new players this season like money grows on trees – and that´s a complete change from his previous history when he has been more than a little thrifty with Newcastle´s money.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley on Sky Sports last May
He has come through on his commitments he made then


Newcastle have spent more money than any other club in the Premier League this season and last summer we were 5th highest spenders of all clubs in Europe when we spent around £52M.

Yes – and even after that we are still 3rd bottom of the league and  in grave danger of going down in May.

This is what Lee Clark has said on talkSport:

“What I’ve got to say is, certainly there were the question marks last season over investment and the owner being committed,”

“Well, he’s shown this season that there hasn’t been a more committed owner in the Premier League with the funds that have been spent..” “That cannot be thrown at them any more.”

“When you’re successful, or you’re going to keep out of that relegation zone, you’ve got to be able to pick up points away from home.” “Just winning at home isn’t going to be good enough.”

“You’ve got to get these draws, a few of those on the board and nick a win now and then.” “It’s pull-your-hair-out time for Steve.”

When Ashley went on Sky Sports about an hour before our last game last season against West Ham, he said from now on Newcastle would make their own luck,

Since then the owner has given out over £80M in transfer fees and created a Newcastle Board to run the club for him.

He took himself off the Board.

The Board however have not used that money wisely and did not appoint a top coach last summer – and those are some of the reasons we are in serious trouble right now.

And Mike Ashley has to take responsibility for not putting good enough people of the Board to run the club for him.

But at least since last summer reasonable fans don’t fault Mike Ashley and he’s fulfilled what he promised last May in that TV interview – which also seemed to galvanize the club for the last game.

Maybe he needs to go on TV again, because we are not at all convinced we can survive in the Premier League this season.

If Newcastle do survive we are almost certain Ashley will give out some really big money to help fortify the squad – since the last thing he wants next season is another disaster like the last two seasons.

He may even need to make changes on the Board to correct the inherent problems at the club.

So if we survive they could be the best of times this summer.

🙂

If we are relegated we don’t know what would happen, but it would be an absolute and complete disaster for the football club.

If we don’t survive they could be the worst of times this summer.

🙁

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer · Premier League · Recruitment




7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Feb 19, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Ha ha, this is a better bedtime story, cheers Lee.

    Anyone else feel that people are getting a bit carried away with our home performances? We’re getting the wins there, but this front foot football? Signs of it in bits and bobs, but certainly not cohesive football. West Brom were rubbish and we won 1-0. A welcome 3 points,but let’s call it what is was.

    Anyway, cheers Ash for finally spending the clubs money, after already relegating us once (although not really all your fault…just learning the ropes and all) and flirting a few times since, it’s really good of you to not just leave that cash in the bank, paying off chunks of it to the tax man.

    You didn’t even recall any of that loan of yours. He even removed himself from the board and left the previous failed board, with the addition of grinner, to pull all his committment together.

    I shall sleep easy. Mikes committed people. We’ll be unstoppable…..if we can just avoid relegation…

    Night.

  • 2 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    He needs committing

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Feb 19, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Labr?t jøsper 🙂
    Looks like someone doesn’t fancy it in Kilmarnock and knows that our portly owner has a penchant for sacked lower league managers. Surprising what people will say to get a job!

  • 4 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 19, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    “Anyway, cheers Ash for finally spending the clubs money, after already relegating us once (although not really all your fault…just learning the ropes and all) and flirting a few times since, it’s really good of you to not just leave that cash in the bank, paying off chunks of it to the tax man.

    You didn’t even recall any of that loan of yours. He even removed himself from the board and left the previous failed board, with the addition of grinner, to pull all his committment together.

    I shall sleep easy. Mikes committed people. We’ll be unstoppable…..if we can just avoid relegation…”

    Exactly that…

    What a shambles…. Truth be told….we didn’t really buy class either.
    To me yes HBA has issues and there is not point of crying about him but the lad was a game changer….

    Cabaye was imense. Ba was influential until he had the attitude.
    We have average players and we are wondering why we are in the mess we are in. Most of the time the players don’t bother turning up.

    The back 2 are a complete joke have been for a very long time. Todays football, is built from the back if you want any chance of success…Look at Spurs….

    I really doubt we will stay up, and I have said it many times I hope we don’t, Ashley deserves to be punished for ignoring the elephant in the room.

    IF by some miracle we do stay up, we will be off with a relegation battle next season too….He will need to invest ANOTHER 80 mil.

  • 5 sickandtired // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Sick of hearing about this money spent. If it wasn’t for Sky he wouldn’t have any money TO spend because this genius businessman has spectacularly failed to grow the clubs commercial revenue for 9 years now (still below the level of when he arrived). Merchandising and advertising deals (favouring SD) further eliminates income from/for the club.
    All in all he’s done absolutely nothing except survive (despite one relegation and several other scares) and has in real terms taken this club backwards. We still have a never decreasing 129 million ‘loan’ hanging around the clubs neck. The one remaining piece of land on which we could expand the ground – he has kept for one of his own developments.
    His ‘Board’ are another bunch of hand picked cronies simply there to follow his directions. A pensioner, the ex club secretary, a geriatric and out of date scout/Dir of Football and another inept and uninspiring ‘coach’ who can’t coach or bring any semblance of success let alone build a team.
    They follow the equally uninspired previous incumbents of Verete, Jimenez, Wise, Llambias & Kinnear (& P45). Seriously, are any of these decisions ones that inspire or give hope to anyone at all still?
    We keep being called deluded, yet to me, accepting this shambles and expecting different from them is the real delusion affecting many supporters and the club itself.

  • 6 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Feb 19, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    well I’m looking up.
    I can confidently predict that we’ll not lose this weekend
    Should help the beers down nicely

  • 7 mactoon // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    “If Newcastle do survive we are almost certain Ashley will give out some really big money to help fortify the squad – since the last thing he wants next season is another disaster like the last two seasons.”

    Don’t make me laugh! he will only invest enough to keep us in the Premiership to get maximum advertising for Sports Direct. If he thinks the existing squad is good enough to do that, he wont buy anyone. Why don’t you realise this after all this time?




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